News – January 2020


  • Borno State: 3 dead, 13 injured in suicide attack

    January 27, 2020

    Three persons have been killed and 13 worshipers sustained various degrees of injuries when suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers detonated explosives near a mosque in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State, a civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) source said. The incident occurred during Saturday Muslim early morning congregational prayer at Bulabulin in Gwoza town, headquarters ...

  • France Supports Explosive Hazard Management in Iraq

    January 27, 2020

    The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has welcomed an additional contribution of EUR 600,000 (approximately USD 670,000) from the Government of France dedicated to explosive hazard management activities that aim at enabling returns in retaken areas of Iraq. The presence of explosive hazards, including improvised explosive devices in areas retaken from the Islamic State in Iraq and ...

  • 4 low-intensity IED blasts hit Assam, no casualties

    January 27, 2020

    At least four low-intensity explosions within a span of 15 minutes hit Assam on Sunday as India marked its 71st Republic Day, officials said, adding that there was no loss of life or damage to property. Hours later, the banned United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent), or Ulfa(I), claimed responsibility, saying it was the handiwork of ...

  • Small suspected homemade bomb explodes at Hong Kong hospital, no injuries

    January 27, 2020

    A suspected small-scale homemade bomb exploded at a general hospital in Hong Kong on Monday, causing the temporary evacuation of some patients but no injuries, police said. The incident came after a group of protesters on Sunday set alight the lobby of a newly built residential building in Hong Kong that authorities had planned to use ...

  • California: Hundreds of military explosives found at Stockton home were replicas

    January 27, 2020

    Hundreds of military explosive devices found at a California home were replicas, experts determined Friday. Twenty homes were evacuated for nearly 24 hours after Stockton police officers found the explosives Thursday when they went to the home to check on a 70-year-old man who reportedly died of natural causes, police said. An ordnance disposal team from Travis ...

  • RAF Wittering bomb squad warrant officer retires after 35 years of service

    January 26, 2020

    Mr Hunt joined the RAF in 1984 as a weapons mechanic at the age of 16. Like every airman of his generation, basic training was completed at RAF Swinderby before trade training at RAF Cosford. Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) has been a feature of Mr Hunt’s career since the very beginning. Once qualified, his first posting ...

  • India reiterates commitment to increased defence collaboration with Nigeria

    January 25, 2020

    The Indian Government has reiterated its commitment to further enhance the existing defence collaboration with Nigeria towards expanding the capabilities of both countries. The Acting Director of Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja. Nwachukwu said the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb. Abhay Thakur gave the commitment when he ...

  • Suspect arrested in anti-terrorist operation in Épinal, France

    January 24, 2020

    RAID and police units have been deployed in Épinal since Thursday morning, due to the suspected presence of explosive devices. A large-scale operation was carried out on rue Victor Hugo in Épinal this Thursday morning. Territorial intelligence had raised the alarm as to the possible presence of a person alleged to be part of the Islamist movement and ...

  • UK: Counter-terror officers arrest man, 38, for explosives offences after bomb disposal experts join police in series of raids on homes in Bradford

    January 24, 2020

    A 38-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of explosives offences as a bomb squad joined police searching homes in Bradford. Counter Terrorism Policing North East searched three properties after the ‘discovery of some items’ on Sutton Avenue. A CTPE spokeswoman said: ‘A man from Bradford has been arrested as part of investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing ...

  • Burundian soldier killed in Somalia IED attack

    January 22, 2020

    Roadside bomb targeted armored vehicle carrying African Union mission’s soldiers, local media says A Burundian soldier serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) was killed on Wednesday in a roadside blast in the outskirts of Mogadishu, local media and police said. According to media reports, several other soldiers were also injured when an improvised explosive ...

  • Stockholm: Two explosions minutes apart cause damage and leave one person injured

    January 21, 2020

    One person has been injured and buildings have been damaged in two explosions which happened minutes apart in Sweden’s capital. Explosives were used but Swedish authorities have said the early morning blasts on Tuesday were not terror-related. The explosions happened in the suburban areas of Stockholm about 500m apart and damaged balconies, windows, doors and inside several apartments. Houses were ...

  • France: 7 men arrested on suspicion of planning terror attack

    January 21, 2020

    French security forces on Monday arrested seven men believed to be planning a terror attack in the country and preparing to travel to conflict zones in Iraq and Syria, sources close to the case told AFP. The seven were detained by France’s DGSI domestic intelligence agency in the western coastal city of Brest and the surrounding Finistere ...

  • Grenade blast in Sudan leaves at least five dead

    January 21, 2020

    A grenade exploded yesterday at a wedding party in Sudan’s capital, killing at least five people, the Ministry of Health said early Tuesday. The incident occurred in the Shegla neighborhood of Khartoum’s al-Haj Youssef district due to a fight between two people, with one of them throwing a grenade. At least 40 others were injured, including children. Read ...

  • Bangladesh: Two militants arrested with ties to attacks on police

    January 20, 2020

    Police have arrested two operatives of Neo-JMB, an offshoot of the banned militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Majahideen Bangladesh, over the attacks on police in Dhaka in 2019. The militants have been identified as Jamal Uddin Rafique, 26, and Anwar Hossain, 25. Jamal, the ‘mastermind’ of the crude bomb attacks, is a former student of Khulna University of Engineering and ...

  • India: Low intensity IED found at Mangaluru international airport

    January 20, 2020

    The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on Monday said that it had discovered a bag containing an improvised explosive device (IED) in the premises of Mangaluru airport, about 360 km from Bengaluru. According to CISF senior officials, the bag contained some explosive substances, IED components and was a potentially low intensity device. “It (IED) did not have ...

  • Angola: Killer Landmines a Sad Legacy of Past Angola Conflicts

    January 20, 2020

    The recent death of five people after a landmine explosion in northeastern Angola is a tragic reminder of the unenviable legacy of one of the longest conflicts in the continent. Last week, a land cruiser carrying 13 people hit a landmine, presumed to be anti-tank, claiming the lives of the above-mentioned and injury to others on ...

  • Glyndwr University researcher seeks real world data to develop AI landmine clearance

    January 20, 2020

    A landmine research project which aims to develop an artificial intelligence approach to mine clearance is being developed at Wrexham Glyndwr University. The project – which is currently in its developmental stages – is being developed by Computing PhD student Alexander Bruckbauer who is working on building the model under the supervision of Professor of Computing ...

  • Somalia: Turkish workers wounded in deadly al-Shabab car bombing

    January 18, 2020

    At least four people have been killed and 15 others wounded in a suicide car bomb attack claimed by the al-Shabab group near the capital of Somalia, according to authorities. Both Turkish and Somali officials said those injured in Saturday’s attack near the town of Afgoye, about 30 kilometres (18 miles) southwest of Mogadishu, included Turkish engineers as well ...

  • Hoaxer jailed after causing bomb scare because he was going to miss his flight

    January 18, 2020

    A passenger who caused a bomb scare on his own flight because he was running late has been jailed for 16 months. Rashidul Islam was due to fly from Gatwick Airport to Morocco to see his fiancee, but his train from Cricklewood unexpectedly terminated at St Pancras. He took a taxi from the train station in Central London but ...

  • Mumbai Blasts Convict “Doctor Bomb” Who Jumped Parole Arrested In UP

    January 17, 2020

    A 68-year-old convict of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, Jalees Ansari, who had gone missing on Thursday after he jumped parole, has been arrested in Kanpur today. Ansari, also known as Dr Bomb, was leaving a mosque in the city and headed to the railway station when he was caught by the Uttar Pradesh ...